This is hands down every member of Swig's favourite treat. You'll get hints of those unctuous salted caramel, toffee apple oaked Chardonnay flavours, but they're tempered by a pithy citrusy acidity and a purity on the palate which makes it actually quite delicate. It's a fascinating wine, which seems to flirt between hedonism and finesse from first drop to last.
We’ve been working with Craig and Anne for 5 years now, and from the start fully expected their Cabernets and Chardonnays to achieve cult status. So they have. Demand is always high and volumes are very low. Restless River’s Chardonnay vineyards are someof the oldest the cool-climate Hemel-en-Aarde valley. Tiny yields and looong, slow maturation produces some extraordinarily concentrated fruit.
FROM THE PRESS
“Selective pickings of chardonnay single-vineyard, natural ferment/maturation in oak, 5% amphora sur lie, stainless steel, deliver usual riveting tension, ripe lime, spice complexity in 2018. Increased texture, fine-grained density yield to breathtaking flinty, limy persistence.”Platter’s Guide, 5* (97/100)
“It’s not the winemaker,’ says Craig Wessels, ‘I’ve just got great sites.’ His vineyards are certainly first class, but I think the man is being too modest here. Consistently one of the New World’s best Chardonnays, this is complex, balanced and judiciously wooded with 10% amphorae-fermented juice adding some va-va-voom. Drink 2019-27.”Tim Atkin MW, 96/100